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Cut it down – Tweed Councillors at odds over future of forest red gum

‘We should be active and take the tree down,’ Cr Polglase told the Tweed Shire Council meeting last Thursday, referring to a significant forest red gum and koala food tree in Tweed Heads West.

‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

Byron police assault trial could attract human rights law analysis

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial.

The news about the grant to help save the Tweed and Byron koalas is wonderful – and there is more news on the koala frontlines.

TSC’s Koala Committee of experts and concerned community members has recommended that our koalas would be eligible for ‘endangered’ status rather than their current ‘vulnerable’ status, which is a step down. Clearly the experts and the community recognise that the reality is that they are endangered.

I plead with everyone to come to the next Tweed Council meeting next Tuesday 15 May, to see that the councillors vote for the endangered nomination for koalas in our area. This is going to make a big difference.

The meeting starts at 10.30am. If it goes through, this will make a real difference to their survival. Our children deserve their heritage of koalas living on the Tweed. Which councillors will back it is the vital question. We have renewed hope – let’s not waste it!

Jenny Hayes, president, Team Koala Inc


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